Meet the C-SPL January 2024 Reader of the Month, Michaela Koch!
As a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, I enjoy reading many genres of books, including picture books! Now that I am an education faculty member at Clarke University, I enjoy finding motivational and informative texts for future teachers. I love learning new things, reading, and spending time with my family, friends, and two dogs, Artemis and Apollo.
I like to read a variety of different genres, but some of my favorites include futuristic/dystopian-if only one aspect about our world changed, how would it be different?; motivational literature; cook books, and of course, all things related to education (yes, especially picture books!).
C-SPL January 2024 Reader of the Month Q & A:
Q. What book(s) are you currently reading?
Q. What is the best book you have read within the last year (or ever)?
A. This is such a hard question! I would say one of my all time favorite books is “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.
Q. What is your ideal reading environment (location, sound, snacks, etc.)?
A. A rainy day with a blanket, warm coffee, and of course a dog on my lap!
Q. What book are you most excited about reading next, and what about it is most exciting?
A. I am really enjoying “Lessons in Chemistry,” but I also like to jump around between genres. Next, I plan to read “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” to round out that series. I love when I can get engaged in a series of books!
Q. What format do you prefer and why (physical book, ebook, audiobook)?
A. I typically prefer paperback books, but I have started to enjoy using ebooks more and more seeing as I can always have it in my back pocket. Waiting at the dentist office?- Break out the eBook! Waiting in line to check out at the grocery story?-Break out the ebook! The lighting is always perfect with an ebook!
Q. Have you read any books recently that have changed the way you think about something?
A. I am always challenged to grow my teaching philosophy when reading professional books. Some books that have significantly challenged my thinking and encouraged me to pause are “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” and Alfie Kohn’s “Punished By Rewards.”
Q. When do you decide to stop reading a book? In other words, do you read every book to the last page, or is there a moment when you decide to stop?
A. There have only been a few books I have put down, and it is typically if I cannot get engaged in the story quick enough. I always try to give a fiction book at least the first three chapters before I decide if it’s not for me at the moment.
Q. Do you remember when your love for reading began?
A. I had an amazing kindergarten teacher who would do all the voices when reading aloud stories; I think my love for reading began there and was enriched throughout my childhood with incredible teachers and adult role models. A book can take you so many places!
Q. What other library resources do you enjoy (DVDs, CDs, board games, baking pans, digital content, etc.)?
A. I love the variety of resources our library has to offer! The board games and baking pans are on my list next to check out. The Book Match feature and having a librarian create a personalized list of books just for you can help if you aren’t sure what to read next!